Category Archives: 2000 – current

Taming the Black Monster (Lebanon)

Does your culture define who you really are? Can you choose a place you call home? To answer these existentialist questions, I have had to compromise who I really am. Sharing this was a tough decision to make as these thoughts had never traveled beyond the metal, cold walls of my mind… it is an intimate story of a journey ... Read More »

Assyrian Family Leaves Iraq For More Opportunities

Editor’s note:  Click to read more about the Assyrian Diaspora and resettlement in countries like Iraq. Click here to watch another Assyrian-Iraqi whose family also immigrated to the US – tell her story. Why did you or your family move TO America? a. We moved to America because of the better opportunities for us, and the substantially better education system. ... Read More »

Joining Her Husband to Create A New Life (India)

Take me back to when you were still living in your home country? I lived with my mother, father, younger sister, and older brother. We lived in a small house because we were a middle-class family. My sister and I would even share our clothes at times because we didn’t have many. But I never complained because I knew how ... Read More »

Appreciating Diversity (Malaysia)

 I just felt like America was a “land of opportunities”, and when I received a job offer that required moving here… I just took it. I don’t think it really sunk in until later, when I had time to process the fact that I was moving to a whole new country by myself.  Did you prepare for the move? If ... Read More »

Love and Marriage Bring Her to San Jose (Philippines)

My coworker, Maria Minoza grew up in the Philippines and was born in Bohol. In 2018, Maria flew to the United States for the first time a day after she married her husband. On a previous trip to London she met her current husband and reconnected later in Hong Kong. Their love story began from there. He visited Maria a ... Read More »

Education Opportunities Bring Her From China

                  In the summer of 2010, Janice was studying hard in a high school classroom in China, where the “gaokao” was too stressful for her. She was afraid of failing to get into a good university. Life in her original country was pleasant, but the pace of life was too fast. Because ... Read More »

Vietnam to San Jose via Australia

  I interviewed my mother, My Son Truong, who immigrated from South Vietnam to Adelaide South Australia in 1994 and then immigrated with me from Australia to San Jose, California in 2010.           Throughout my life, my mom, My Son Truong, has always been in survival mode, always working or doing something — never staying still. ... Read More »

The Challenges of Leaving Kids Behind (Philippines)

      Rafael John (name changed) is a forty five year old man, who is both a first generation immigrant from the Philippines and now a citizen of the United States. John is half Filipino and half Caucasian. He is a husband and a father of three children. John said he was working two jobs, but due to the ... Read More »

Student from Nigeria Looks to Enhance Skills and Business Opportunities

Interviewee’s name: Stephen Country/place of origin: Nigeria Year of immigration: 2017 City and State where they settled in the United States: Rialto, California What was your motivation for migrating to the United States from Nigeria? The motivation was to have good life( to find greener pastures). Economic motivation: Economic hardship has been a powerful “push” factor for me.  Economic hardship ... Read More »

Faith, Determination, & Gratitude (Mexico)

A man was walking with us and the night we spent in the desert, he pulled out an entire roasted chicken and began to share with everybody. To this day I remain grateful for that man, he shared when he didn’t have to as he saw all of us suffering from lack of food. Growing up poor, you learn to ... Read More »